Since it was Dragonfly Week (22nd) and the sun was shining it would be rude not to have a re-visit to the local ponds again. Arriving at about 10am it was already hot, first dragonflies seen were a pair of Common Darter in the wheel position, on the same pond were Brown Hawker and Emperor. The larger pond had Four-spotted Chasers with more Emperors along with a few Common Darters. damselflies around the pools were Azure, Common Blues, Blue tailed and Emeralds. I also found a first for me and what I believe to be Common Darter Exuvia.
Other highlights included Butterflies…my first Gatekeepers of the year, Small Heath, Small and Large Skippers, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large and Small Whites along with Green veined Whites
Moths…there was a noticeable amount of Shaded Broad Bar moths about
Dragonfly week runs from the 17th July to the 25th July get out there and enjoy I did venturing down to the local ponds where I saw Four Spotted Chasers, Brown Hawkers, Emperor Dragonflies, Broad Bodied Chaser, Common Darters, Common Blue Damselflies, Azure Damselflies, Blue tailed Damselflies and Emerald Damselflies.
Here’s a short video of that time spent at my local area ponds PRESS
The planned itinerary for today was to hit three species, one a butterfly species (Marbled White, easy but nice), two a dragonfly species (Black tailed Skimmer, for the Yorkshire list and decent photos), and three a bird (Black browed Albatross, lifer).
Started at Kiplingcotes CP on the way thru to the coast to find Marbled White Butterflies, been here the previous year so I knew the layout. Marbled White were everywhere number one in the bag, I enjoyed a good 90mins here picking up other things on the wing namely, Brimstone, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Green veined White, Large Skipper, Large White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Heath, Small Skipper and Small Tortoiseshell (12 species of Butterfly). I found only one moth species, that being a Six spot Burnet Moth. Bird species I noted were Crow, Chaffinch, Woodpigeon, Wren and Yellowhammer.
I was then off to my next stop with the butterfly species under the belt it was now the turn of the Dragonfly. Seamer Tip Pools near to Scarborough was to be the hunting ground, a place I haven’t had the pleasure of, by all accounts a good site for various Dragonfly species. On arrival I started off around the small pool and was struggling to find the target species, I had picked up Brown Hawker, Four Spotted Chaser, Common Darter and Ruddy Darter along with various Damselfly species (Azure, Common Blue, Blue tailed). I was beginning to wonder if I would be able to find this next target species, when all of a sudden I caught sight of a blue body low over the water, was it a Broad Bodied Chaser? no it wasn’t this defiantly had a black tip to the body. I watched it settle out of sight, so I made my way over slowly and found it settled on the ground, a Male Black tailed Skimmer, that will do nicely. I stayed with it for about 20mins watching it, flying off and settling back to the same place, a great opportunity on which I ended up taking plenty of photos.
After this great encounter I decided on looking around the larger pool where I found quite a few Black tailed Skimmers, mainly lining the pathways, there was also a few Damselfly species, mainly ones I had seen around the small pool.
So two target species in the bag now for number three which was to be out at Bempton Cliffs, this one could be difficult Black browed Albatross (BBA) here I come. On arrival at Bempton I quickly checked out the notice board the BBA hadn’t been seen since 12:45, it was now 16:00 hrs.. blast. Anyway I gave it a good 2 1\2 hrs but the BBA didn’t show but there plenty of seabirds to see and take photos of these being Gannets, Puffins, Razorbills, Guillemots, Herring Gulls, Kittiwake, Linnet, Tree Sparrow to name a few.
My day was over it ended with seeing lots of nature but alas only two of the three targets species being seen, until next time.
Butterfly Species :- Brimstone, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Green veined White, Large Skipper, Large White, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Heath, Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, (12)
Dragonflies :- Azure Damselfly, Black tailed Skimmer, Blue tailed Damselfly, Brown Hawker, Common Blue Damselfly, Common Darter, Four Spotted Chaser, Ruddy Darter (8)
Another sunny day and another visit down to the ponds, I was wondering as I entered the area whether Emerald Damselflies would be out as they now appearing in Yorkshire. I stuck to my usual route working my way thru the bramble patch down to the first pond, in doing so I picked up on the usual blue damselflies, Common Blue, Blue tailed and Azure no Reds this time. Some hoverflies were hanging out on the bramble leaves, Eupeodes sp. Eristalis sp, lots of Marmalade Hoverflies about (Episyrphus balteatus) so wondering if we’ve had a few migrants come in. Nothing stirring at the first pond so made my way to the lower larger one where again were usual Blue Damselflies along with a couple of Four Spotted Chasers and Emperor Dragonflies, nowt new on the Odanata front.
I decided on walking around the pond and disturbed a Straw Dot Moth and then a slightly larger moth which turned out to be a Blackneck Moth, a Lifer a new Moth Species, both difficult to get photos of, also of note were a lot of Common Red Soldier Beetles around the pond, with also a fly threw Brimstone Butterfly
Down again o the lower pond but along the other path where Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood and Small Skipper Butterflies were seen. More hoverflies around this area too with Chrysotoxum festivum and Scaeva pyrastri being of note, a few Bee species, of which I find difficult to ID, and then a very different damselfly flight but one of which I know Emerald Damselfly, female, which ended up resting on a grass stem nearby and then I soon picked out another, good to see these so can’t have been long on the wing and a nice one to finish my visit on, until next time.
I found myself over in Cumbria (Kendall) on a business trip so on the way back home I decided on a quick visit at Warton Cragg in the vain hope of some Butterflies. Arriving at 2pm and parking at the Old Brewery car park I made my way up the steep incline out of the car park and onto the top of Warton Crag.
There didn’t appear to be much activity under the cool cloudy conditions today, thankfully it was dry. Proceeding along the crag I eventually kicked up a Grayling Butterfly, this being the only butterfly I saw along the crag.
Making my way back down I bumped into another guy so pointed out to him the Grayling and then moved onto a grassy area were they were Meadow Brown, Ringlet, a Red Admiral which ended up in a nearby tree. Wasn’t long before the guy caught me back up, as I was taking photos of a nicely placed Meadow Brown, I mentioned what I’d seen of which he went off looking for the Red Admiral. It wasn’t long before he shouted me over has he’d found a pair of Northern Brown Argus, what a bonus. After that I decided it was time for home, the weather wasn’t looking any better.